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Project Example: Anchor Escapement

Analysis and Simulation of a Swiss Anchor Escapement

A non-linear dynamic finite element analysis forms the basis for the mechanical optimisation of a Swiss anchor escapement in the time domain. The anchor escapement is the clock-setting element in almost all mechanical wristwatches.

By means of numerical simulation, the complicated kinematic and kinetic interaction of the individual escapement components can be studied in detail.

This results in a multitude of possible applications:

The IMES is in contact with several watch and component manufacturers to work on their specific requirements for mechanical escapements.

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Participating institutes and centres: Institute of Mechanical Systems (IMES)